Worried about the impact of last month’s Karnataka Assembly elections on Telangana elections, BJP leaders in Telangana are looking forward to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on June 15 to motivate party cadres.
Amit Shah will speak at a public meeting in Khammam, and the saffron party is planning to mobilize at least one lakh people.
The meeting is expected to boost the party’s morale in the aftermath of its shocking defeat in Karnataka and prepare it for the November-December Telangana Assembly elections.
Shah’s visit also coincides with internal BJP strife, with some leaders demanding a change in state leadership and the party’s failure to lure former MP Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy and former minister Jupally Krishna Rao to join it.
The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) recently suspended both leaders for anti-party activities. Srinivasa Reddy, from Khammam district, is said to have decided to join Congress.
BJP MLA Eatala Rajender, who chairs the party’s joining committee, was unable to persuade the two leaders to join the saffron party. They advised Rajender to leave the BJP instead during their meetings with him.
Rajender and other recent BJP leaders are said to be dissatisfied with Bandi Sanjay and have asked the central leadership to appoint a new leader.
A recent BJP senior central leader’s reported statement about the saffron party’s true strength in the state has also dealt a blow to its rank and file. According to reports, the leader admitted that the BJP is in third place in the state.
The BJP has attempted to position itself as the only viable alternative to BRS. Its top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, have repeatedly expressed confidence that the party will sweep to power in Telangana.
Meanwhile, Bandi Sanjay went to Khammam to go over the plans for Amit Shah’s public meeting. He was confident that the success of this public meeting would provide the BJP with an appropriate response to its political rivals regarding its strength in Khammam district.
Both the BRS and the Congress have made fun of the BJP’s lack of presence in Khammam district.
Sanjay stated that a committee of senior leaders will be formed to ensure that people are mobilized for the public meeting. He directed that BJP cadres at the booth level make plans to bring people to the public meeting.
He claimed that a recent march of unemployed people organized by the party in Khammam was a huge success.
He also stated that the party chose Khammam to demonstrate its strength in the district over other districts that wanted to host the Home Minister’s public meeting.
He also claimed that BRS, Congress, and a section of the media conspired to bring down the BJP’s morale.
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